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Ancestral Reach Style
Book Crafting Motif 94: Ancestral Reach Style
Material ON-icon-style material-Etched Bronze.pngEtched Bronze
Outfit System
Armor Styles 1 Weapon Styles 1
Small Armor 00000500500 Gold 1-Handed 000015001500 Gold
Large Armor 000010001000 Gold 2-Handed 000030003000 Gold

Ancestral Reach Style is a crafting motif available with the Markarth DLC. Chapters can only be found using Treasure Maps in Western Skyrim, Blackreach: Greymoor Caverns, The Reach and Blackreach: Arkthzand Cavern zones and the Antiquities system.

The armor style appears to be based on the original Barbaric racial motif from the base game—but has been visually reworked and upgraded. As a result, this style appears to be more of an upgrade to the older racial style, as opposed to a brand new style.

Motif Pages[edit]

All pages are excavated from dig sites in The Reach via the Antiquities system. The Leads for these pages can be obtained from chests found with Treasure Maps in the following zones:


Type Items
Light Armor ON-icon-armor-Hat-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Epaulets-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Jerkin-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Robe-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Gloves-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Sash-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Breeches-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Shoes-Ancestral Reach.png
Hat Epaulets Jerkin Robe Gloves Sash Breeches Shoes
Medium Armor ON-icon-armor-Helmet-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Arm Cops-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Jack-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Bracers-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Belt-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Guards-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Boots-Ancestral Reach.png
Helmet Arm Cops Jack Bracers Belt Guards Boots
Heavy Armor ON-icon-armor-Helm-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Pauldrons-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Cuirass-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Gauntlets-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Girdle-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Greaves-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Sabatons-Ancestral Reach.png
Helm Pauldrons Cuirass Gauntlets Girdle Greaves Sabatons

Weapons and Shields[edit]

Weapons and Shields
ON-icon-weapon-Dagger-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Sword-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Axe-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Mace-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Greatsword-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Battle Axe-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Maul-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Bow-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-weapon-Staff-Ancestral Reach.png ON-icon-armor-Shield-Ancestral Reach.png
Dagger Sword Axe Mace Greatsword Battle Axe Maul Bow Staff Shield

Codex Entries[edit]

Alongside being readable as books, these motif pages are also accompanied by a short antiquity Codex Entry:

Chapter Codex Entry
Ancestral Reach: Axes (link) Unusual. Most old books one discovers in the Reach are plunder carried off from neighboring lands. The Imperial officer who wrote this text was likely part of the garrison Empress Hestra posted to this land in the 11th century of the First Era. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Belts (link) A shame that few examples of Reach leatherworking survive from the author's time. It would be interesting to compare modern Reach iconography with the designs and tooling of First Era clans. Do the same animals still appear? —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Boots (link) Interesting. Reach footwear does not seem to have changed much at all across the centuries. I have seen new examples of the hide-and-fleece boots described by the author in the market stalls of Markarth. They are almost identical. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Bows (link) Our Imperial author omits the fact that Reachmen frequently rebuilt their bows; composite bows degrade quickly in damp climates. However, the sturdy horn or hardwood that forms the end of each limb was often re-used for generations. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Chests (link) I find it difficult to believe that even multiple layers of toughened leather could provide much resistance to puncture, but Ugron assures me that well-made hide armor can dissipate the power of a thrust or arrow surprisingly well. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Daggers (link) I see few modern examples of the sort of sharpened antlers and flaked stone the author describes. I believe that over the centuries Reachmen have grown more skilled at metalwork, and simple iron knives are growing commonplace in this land. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Gloves (link) I must say, I am surprised that this tome is so well preserved. The binding is falling apart, of course, but the parchment has stood up to the centuries quite well. I suppose few of the book's Reachman owners spent much time handling it. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Helmets (link) Note the use of antlers in headwear. That tradition long predates the observations of an Imperial officer from the middle of the First Era. The antlers are meant to show respect for Hircine, Lord of the Hunt and chief among the Reachman deities. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Legs (link) Greaves and shoulderpieces are the most durable elements of a Reachman's armor. Warriors often cover up or repair battle damage by re-carving the images. After years of use, the original design is often completely obscured. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Maces (link) Interesting. The style of weapon our Imperial officer describes seems to have fallen out of favor across the centuries. Most Reachman maces I see now are wooden cudgels reinforced with hammered bands of copper or iron. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Shields (link) I wish Lieutenant Nestoro had made some effort to illustrate the clan markings and designs that she encountered during her time. I am very curious about clans that have died out, and whether their markings are appropriated by later clans. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Shoulders (link) I presume that the purpose of the rather outlandish shoulder-pieces is intimidation, not armor. I doubt whether a few rib-bones or small animal skulls provide any real protection from enemy blows. —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Staves (link) I have never seen a Reach witch without a staff. I wonder if there is a correlation between the type of wood used to fashion a staff and the elemental energy it channels. Is it the shape or the substance that dictates a staff's magical properties? —Verita Numida
Ancestral Reach: Swords (link) The author makes a fascinating observation about swords beaten into new shapes. I wonder how many Reachman cleavers and choppers began their lives as Breton longswords or Nord greatswords. Have any historic blades been ruined in this way? —Verita Numida





There is one Achievement associated with this style:

Achievement Points Description
ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Ancestral Reach Style Master 50 Learn every chapter in the Ancestral Reach style book, obtained by following antiquity leads that are occasionally found by opening treasure map chests.